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Help reduce flooding by keeping grass clippings from storm drains

MIAMI (August 15, 2017)

The heavy rains that recently impacted Miami-Dade County demonstrate the importance of keeping storm drains clear from debris. Grass clippings, leaves and other lawn debris can clog storm drains, which leads to street flooding.

Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), with the assistance of other County Departments and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, District 4, have launched a public education campaign to remind landscapers and residents that they should not blow grass clippings onto streets and into the storm drainage system. Brochures have been posted on the DTPW’s Public Works website with information on how to properly handle and secure grass clippings.

“Facing challenges of flooding and mosquito breeding, people need to help keep debris out of curbs and drain fields. Bag it, don’t blow it,” said Commissioner Heyman.

Blowing leaves and grass clippings onto sidewalks, streets and storm drains is considered littering and a violation of Miami-Dade County’s Code Section 15-6. Instead, landscaping professionals and residents are encouraged to either bag grass clippings and leaves, blow them back onto the lawn where they can serve as a natural mulch, or use a mulching lawnmower.

For more information on how to properly dispose of grass clippings, please visit the DTPW’s Public Works publications webpage, where this information is available in English, Spanish and Creole.